Catch Returns from 2020 season

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The catch data from the 2020 angling season have been compiled. The River Ayr and its tributaries recorded a total of 446 wild salmon in 2020. All salmon were released. Only 5 sea trout were reported and 4 were killed. Additionally, 29 farmed salmon were reported of which samples from 12 were submitted to Ayrshire […]

Code of Conduct for River Ayr anglers 2021

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River Ayr District Salmon Fishery Board Code of Conduct 2021. The river and its tributaries are Category 3 status and all rod caught salmon must be returned. The National policy for catch and release in a category 3 river applies to the River Ayr in 2021. It is mandatory that all angling clubs and anglers […]

Change of Administration for the River Ayr DSFB

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As from the 1st October 2020, the River Ayr District Salmon Fishery Board has appointed new administrators to managed their affairs under the guidance of the Clerk to the DSFB Forbes Watson. The new administrators are Ayrshire Rivers Trust. All correspondence for Clerk or the administrators should be sent to the Board and marked as River […]

A video guide to identifying farmed salmon

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Ayrshire Rivers Trust has produced a video guide detailing the key indicators that can be used to distinguish farmed from wild salmon. The latest escape of salmon from the Carradle fish farm are beginning to turn up in our rivers so keep an eye out for them. Under the Conservation Regulations introduced in 2016 by […]

Wild or Farmed?

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Ayrshire Rivers Trust received a video call today from an angler who had just caught a salmon on the Irvine that he thought may be a farmed fish escaped from Carradale 3 weeks ago. Impressed   by his ingenuity we  quickly were able to confirm that indeed this was an escaped farmed salmon and it […]